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Ohio State Buckeyes position battles for 2015 spring practices, beyond

espn.go.com — The long wait until football returns is only beginning, but spring practice is at least another day closer. To help pass the time until Big Ten teams are back in pads, we're looking around the entire league at key position battles that could help sort out the race for a championship by the time fall eventually arrives.

Tim Beck getting to know Ohio State's quarterback options

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There's obviously no reason to worry about having enough talent on hand. To be sure, all Tim Beck has to do is count the individual honors piled up by the guys in his new meeting room at Ohio State or pop in game tape of any of his top three options.

Big Ten morning links

espn.go.com — There is no curse, nothing wrong with the job, and no apparent concern from Kyle Flood either. If anything, the Rutgers coach is chalking up a seemingly annual tradition of replacing his offensive coordinator as a positive, pointing to the quality of jobs his assistants have landed.

Opportunities await on Ohio State Buckeyes' defensive line

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The relative lack of depth and the loss of a pair of starters doesn't necessarily make the Ohio State defensive line a weakness. After all, no position group with a foundation that starts with arguably the nation's most feared pass-rusher and a defensive tackle who could have been an early-round draft pick had he left school early is going to be considered a pushover.

Take Two: Who's number No. 1, TCU Horned Frogs or Ohio State Buckeyes?

espn.go.com — National signing day came and went, prompting Mark Schlabach to update his 2015 Way-Too-Early Top 25. Schlabach originally had TCU No. 1 in January, but bumped Ohio State to the top spot post-signing day while dropping the Horned Frogs to No. 2.

Urban Meyer can recruit coaches, too

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The sales pitch about developing players for the next level has long been a staple of the Urban Meyer playbook. It appears to work just as well on coaches. On both fronts, the Ohio State coach has plenty of evidence that supports his claims he can develop anybody on the football field to get them ready for the next step.

No time for Ohio State Buckeyes coaches to rest after title

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Typically Zach Smith isn't much of a sleeper on planes. "I try, man," the Ohio State wide receivers coach said. "I just can't sleep on them." Sometimes Smith can't help it though.

Recruiting Q&A: Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The reigning national champions showed no signs of slowing down on national signing day, reeling in the No. 6 recruiting class in the country. ESPN.com caught up with coach Urban Meyer to look back at the end of last season, success on the trail and what is next for Ohio State.

Ohio State already feeling Jim Harbaugh's presence

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The competition was fierce, went down to the wire and ultimately kept Ohio State coaches up for most of Tuesday night. The Buckeyes also know their work might only be beginning with a new regime at Michigan, and it's exactly what they'd expect from the most intense rivalry in college football.

Ohio State Buckeyes add to embarrassment of QB riches on signing day

espn.go.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A depth chart already loaded with three trophy-winning quarterbacks wasn't enough for Urban Meyer. A healthy competition apparently wasn't going to scare away Torrance Gibson or Joe Burrow, either. So with Ohio State already heading toward a potentially historic derby for its starting job, the reigning national champions added two more names to their depth chart Wednesday as they begins preparation for a title defense.
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Feb 19, 2015

@pschmiedt @David_Mayberry @laurahancock I know somebody who has long been in favor of a move to FCS for football.

Feb 16, 2015

@MichaelBCline I would be surprised if it wasn't Jones. Farris is valuable for his versatility, but I doubt he will be a factor at RT.

Feb 16, 2015

@CraigFlack1987 Because there won't be a battle in the spring. Cardale Jones is the only one of the three who will be healthy.

Feb 13, 2015

@slicksickle That won't be a spring battle. Jones will be the only one completely healthy.

Feb 13, 2015

@AJBorland I think that just goes to show how many options the Buckeyes have at that spot.

Feb 13, 2015

Next up in our series looking at spring position battles in the B1G: The Ohio State Buckeyes. es.pn/1KSQVzC

Feb 12, 2015

New OSU QB coach Tim Beck is just getting to know his options, and he has a few. But it's "a good problem to have." espn.go.com/blog/bigten/po…

Feb 12, 2015

@JeffSvoboda My goal is to entertain one person every day. If that's only me, so be it.

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